Jan. 7, 2009
January 2, 2009
Contact: Phoebe Chalk - 520-621-2331
On October 24th, 2008 during Homecoming Weekend, The University of Arizona Athletics Department hosted the Beth Choate Wortmann Memorial Celebration honoring the late Beth Choate Wortmann who died in a car accident in 2006. Choate Wortmann was a tennis player at The University of Arizona from 1989-1993 and served as the team captain for two years.
The celebration began with a dedication at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center where family, friends, former teammates, coaches, and Arizona Athletics administrators were present to unveil the memorial garden, new seating area and Legacy Walk built to honor Choate Wortmann's memory. Throughout the afternoon ceremony, guests reflected on unforgettable memories and the indelible mark that Beth made. The program was followed by a heartfelt champagne toast in her honor. The day was dedicated to Choate Wortmann's children, Mattie and Luke Wortmann with her husband Dave also in attendance. Former teammates, Allison Weight, Kim Sabow, Alix Chesno and Jane Martinez played a key role in the realization of the memorial.
Former coach and current UA Assistant Athletics Director for C.A.T.S. Life Skills, Becky Bell, was also present for the memorial and an integral part of the event's planning. "It was an indescribable celebration of not only what Beth meant as a Wildcat tennis player, but everything she represented. She always put the team ahead of herself and that's why when we think of Beth, we think of "Team, Spirit and Pride'" Bell said.
After the memorial, the group returned to McKale Memorial Center for the tennis program's reunion luncheon. All former tennis letterwinners were invited to the event and many generations of Wildcat teams were present. The menu for the luncheon was custom built to include all of Choate Wortmann's favorite foods including barbeque ribs and red velvet cake.
The total amount pledged for the Choate Wortmann memorial thus far is $82,500. The final goal of the campaign is to raise $100,000 for continuous updates of the tennis facilities and to begin development of Legacy Walk - to honor Wildcat tennis accomplishments and the history and tradition of both men's and women's programs.
The contributions will allow, "Beth's legacy and the legacy of the Arizona tennis to live on," Bell stated. "It's a weekend I will never forget."
For more information on making a contribution in Beth's memory, please contact the Wildcat Club at 520-621-CLUB or email firstname.lastname@example.org.